1841 Georgia gubernatorial election

The 1841 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on October 4, 1841, to elect the governor of Georgia. Incumbent Democratic Governor Charles McDonald won re-election defeating Whig State Rights candidate William C. Dawson.[2]

1841 Georgia gubernatorial election

← 1839 October 4, 1841 1843 →
 
Nominee Charles McDonald William C. Dawson
Party Democratic Whig
Alliance State Rights
Popular vote 38,716[a] 34,541[a]
Percentage 52,85% 47.15%

Results by County[1][b]
McDonald:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Dawson:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
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Governor before election

Charles McDonald
Union/Democratic

Elected Governor

Charles McDonald
Democratic

Background

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Until 1840 Georgian politics were dominated by two local parties, the Union party and the State Rights party. The Union party was the product of the forces of liberal democracy that brought white manhood suffrage and popular elections in the 1800s. The State Rights party, on the other hand, was a political anomaly whose conservative politics and organization were more closely related to those of the late 1800s.[3]

After the 1836 presidential election the Union and State Rights parties slowly began to merge with the Democratic and Whig parties respectively. During the 1840 presidential election the Union party accepted Van Buren as their presidential nominee and changed their name to the Democratic Party of Georgia. The State Rights party leaders, however, were more apprehensive to amalgamation with the national Whig party.[3]

General election

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Candidates

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Democratic

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Whig

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Results

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1841 Georgia gubernatorial election (Official count)[c]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Charles McDonald 37,838 52.89 +1.49
Whig William C. Dawson 33,705 47.11 -1.49
1841 Georgia gubernatorial election (With Muscogee)[a]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Charles McDonald 38,716 52,85 +1.45
Whig William C. Dawson 34,541 47.15 -1.45

Notes

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  1. ^ a b c Including returns from Muscogee County that were not included in the official count.
  2. ^ Including returns from Muscogee County that were not included in the official count. The returns for Dade County were indicated as "202 majority."
  3. ^ The returns from Muscogee County were not included in the official count by the legislature.

References

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  1. ^ Dubin, Michael J. (2003). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1776 1860: The Official Results By State And County. McFarland. pp. 35–36. ISBN 9780786414390.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA Governor Race - Oct 04, 1841". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Murray, Paul. "Party Organization in Georgia Politics 1825-1853". The Georgia Historical Quarterly. 29 (4): 197, 202 – via JSTOR.
  4. ^ "Charles McDonald (1793-1860)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  5. ^ "Bioguide Search". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved July 21, 2021.